about hepburn wind

Hepburn Wind

Hepburn Wind is the owner and operator of Australia’s first community-owned wind farm, at Leonards Hill, about 100km north-west of Melbourne, just south of Daylesford Victoria. The 4.1 MW wind farm hosts two turbines called Gale and Gusto, who produce enough clean energy for over 2000 homes.

Hepburn Wind is the trading name of Hepburn Community Wind Park Co-operative Ltd, a co-operative registered in Victoria, Australia. Hepburn Wind was established in 2007 by the Hepburn Renewable Energy Association, now known as SHARE. Despite many challenges, overwhelming support from the community has made it happen – inspiring similar projects to explore the community enterprise model for renewable energy projects.

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We’re a B Corp!


Hepburn Wind became a Certified B Corporation in March 2016. It was important for us to align with this certification and its network of likeminded organisations as it is a match for our values and how we prioritise sustainability. B Corps are a new type of company that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Corp certification is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk.

Hepburn Wind was certified by the non-profit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. We’ve evaluated how our practices impact our employees, our community, the environment, and our customers.

Today, there are over 1,700 Certified B Corps around the globe. We are proud to join them in redefining success in business, so that one day everyone uses business as a force for good. To learn more about our certification, check out our B Corp profile.

Our Values

Co-operatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, co-operative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.

Seven internationally recognised co-operative principles act as guidelines by which co-operatives put these values into practice: voluntary and open membership, democratic member control, member economic participation, autonomy and independence, education, training & information, co-operation among co-operatives and concern for the community.

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Our People

The co-operative is managed by a local executive team and governed by a board of seven volunteer directors who are elected at Annual General Meetings of the co‑operative, or appointed as casual directors where a vacancy arises between AGMs.

Our board members give their time on a voluntary basis. All elected directors are members and will therefore receive returns from their investment in the same manner as other members.

Board members are chosen by co-operative members by secret ballot (‘one member, one vote’). At each Annual General Meeting a number of directors finish their terms in accordance with our rules.


  • Candy Broad

    Candy is a former Victorian Minister for Energy and Resources, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (UWA). As the Member for Northern Victoria in the Victorian Parliament in 2002 Candy delivered a Greenhouse Strategy for Victoria. Candy lives in Daylesford.


    Candy Broad
  • David holds a PhD in auditory neuroscience, and a bachelor degree in electrical engineering, both from The University of Melbourne. He previously worked on Australia’s first bionic eye, and was Research and Program Manager at The Climate Group, a global solutions focused NGO. He is currently working as a consultant engineer. David and his partner live in Macedon.


    David Perry
  • Kathy Richardson

    Kathy is Executive Director and Chief Chaos Controller at Our Community, a pioneering Australian B Corp that works to educate and empower not-for-profit organisations and grantmakers. Kathy oversees the Our Community’s communications activities as well as helping to develop and embed technology reforms and new business directions.

    Kathy Richardson
  • Mitch Hepburn Wind

    Mitch is a permanent Daylesford resident and local business-owner, with tertiary studies in Applied Science and business management. Mitch is a director of Daylesford and Hepburn Mineral Springs Co which provides Australians with a local alternative to imported bottled mineral water, with a focus on sustainability and minimised environmental impact.

    Mitch Watson
  • Graham is a Mechanical Engineer and has worked in the aerospace and energy industries for over 40 years.  He has a B’Eng (Thermodynamics and Aeronautics) and  an M’Eng Sc (Solar) and was the Managing Director of Garrad Hassan for 15 years. During this period he was involved in many projects, including the development of Hepburn Wind. Graham has recently retired and lives in Woodend.

    Graham White
  • Bronwyn is the Managing Director of B cubed Management Consultants Pty Ltd. (a certified B Corp) which provides individually tailored management accounting services to NFP and SME businesses. Her experience includes 10 year CFO and management accounting, and more than 15 years tax and compliance experience. Bronwyn is also a Director of Auchmeddan Pty Ltd.

    Bronwyn Baird
  • Ross Ulman is a committed environmentalist and a consultant physician with a PhD in health services research/medical epidemiology. He has been an academic in the University of Melbourne’s Department of Medicine, Acting Medical Director of Alfred Hospital, and CEO and Medical Director of Hampton Rehabilitation Hospital. Currently he is semi-retired and lives in the Hepburn Shire.


    Ross Ulman

Our Executive & Contractors

  • Taryn Lane Hepburn Wind

    Taryn joined Hepburn Wind at a critical time in the communications phase of the project and has delivered industry best standards in community engagement. Taryn holds a BA in International Studies and an MA in Sustainability & Social Change. Taryn works part time for Embark Australia, is a Founding Director of the Australian Wind Alliance and an Advisor to the Coalition for Community Energy.

    Taryn Lane
  • Jess Eve People

    Jess joined Hepburn Wind in 2013 and performs member administrative activities.

    Jess Eve
  • Our bookkeeping is provided by Sandra Taylor at Plus One.

    Sandra Taylor / Plus One
  • Tim Button (Green Button Electrical & Tech Services) is a licensed electrical contractor, and helps keep Hepburn Wind connected to the grid. He lives in Hepburn Springs.

    Tim Button / Green Button


Hepburn Wind relies on relationships with many organisations.

We are particularly grateful to our hosts Ron and Nathalie Liversidge, REpower Australia, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, Powershop, Powercor, Embark, Montimedia, Laser Electrical, Prowse, Perrin & Twomey Accountants, Heinz & Partners Lawyers, Ghostpatrol, Bleyer Lawyers, Marsh Insurance Brokers, Garrad Hassan, Marshall Day Acoustics, Clean Energy Council, Latitude Group, The Australian Wind Alliance, Yes2Renewables, C4CE, Security Transfer Registrars, Designscope, Hepburn Shire Council and countless others who have provided advice, reduced fees or support.

Community Energy

Community energy is a nascent sector in Australia. However, in other parts of the world, particularly Denmark and Germany, it is the mainstream model and has been around for decades. Community-owned and financed renewable energy infrastructure is also growing fast in the UK, the US and Canada.

Community energy enterprises give local groups a chance to make a significant contribution to reducing climate change. They can also provide long-lasting economic and social benefits to the local community.

Communities all around Australia have started the journey towards building their own renewable energy projects utilising a range of technologies including wind, solar, bioenergy and mini-hydro.

We have worked with the non-profit body Embark to capture our learning’s and make them widely available so that other communities may adapt the ‘Hepburn Model’, as it is often called, to suit their unique requirements.

A good place to start learning about community energy is the Embark wiki, a collaborative knowledge base developed as a best practice toolkit for developing a local renewable energy project. Articles focus on a range of issues including technical matters, governance, and community engagement.


Get in touch with Embark on info@embark.com.au.

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2012 World Wind Energy Award

2012 UN International Year of Co-operative (Australian flagship project

2011 Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Award

2011 Banksia Environmental Award

2011 Australian Sustainability Award

2011 Clean Energy Future national advertising campaign

2010 Innovator of the Year Award



Our Past Directors

Since 2007 our co-operative has been privileged to have skilled members give their time – on a voluntary basis – as part of the board. The members who have contributed over the lifecycle of the wind farm are listed below.

  • Almut Beringer

    Almut served on the board from 30 March 2011 to 25 August 2011

    Per Bernard (Founder)

    Per served on the board from 18 July 2007 to 28 April 2009.
Per was President of the Hepburn Renewable Energy Association Inc. between 2005 and 2007.
He has championed the community wind park concept since its inception and has been instrumental in mobilising local support.

    Iska Carmichael

    Iska served on the board from 18 July 2007 to 12 March 2008.

    Dan Cass

    Dan Cass has been a passionate and effective green advocate for more than 20 years. He has an honours degree in science history and was science curator at Museum Victoria. Dan is a political consultant for the renewable energy sector, with clients such as solar PV companies Spark Solar Australia and Sungevity, Inc (USA). He has advised Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown, the University of Melbourne Energy Research Institute and the Australian PV Association.
Dan was communications manager at Greenpeace Australia Pacific. Dan is a media commentator and writes a blog. He lives in Melbourne.

    Mim Dineen

    Mim was elected to the board on 18 July 2007. She was Secretary until resigning from the board on 28 April 2010.
Mim was also a member of the Co-operative Steering Committee that established the rules and drafted the initial Disclosure Statement for Hepburn Wind.

    Brett Dutton

    Brett served on the board from 5 March 2008 to 30 June 2011. Brett played a vital role in the negotiation of the various contracts necessary for the building of the Leonards Hill wind farm.
Brett owns a small property near Glenlyon and has been involved with the Hepburn Wind project since its inception in 2005 as a member of the Hepburn Renewable Energy Association, and later as its Secretary for one year.
After spending 20 years in the Royal Australian Navy, Brett opted to use his management and engineering skills in the renewable energy sector. Since 2004 Brett has had a variety of project and executive management roles with major renewable energy projects. He has project managed the installation of over 200 MW of wind farm projects in both Australia and New Zealand.

    Phil Hanson

    Philip was appointed to the board 5 March 2008. He was Treasurer for Hepburn Wind until 15 January 2010 finishing his board service on 30 June 2010. Phil was also on the Committee of the Hepburn Renewable Energy Association Inc from its establishment.

    Rob Hill

    Rob was elected to the board 6 November 2011 and resigned 25 September 2012.

    Simon Holmes à Court (Founding Chair)

    Simon has a broad range of commercial experience, ranging from ‘dot com’ businesses in Silicon Valley to remote cattle stations in the Northern Territory. He headed a project researching alternate energy solutions for remote cattle stations in the Northern Territory, and his farm is powered by a solar-hybrid system.

    Vicki Horrigan

    Vicki served on the board 29 April 2009. She was head of the Communications Committee until 30 March 2011. Vicki’s local knowledge and flair for community engagement was instrumental in achieving member targets and capital raising during a critical phase in the project.

    Koos Hulst

    Koos served the board 18 July 2007. He was Deputy Chairman until 30 March 2011. He was also Secretary from 28 April 2010.
 Koos provided both practical on the ground skills as well as being a key contributor to the running of the cooperative.

  • Tony Gill

    Tony served the board from 23 March 2013 to July 2015. He is a passionate supporter of renewable energy as a means to reduce reliance on carbon-based energy sources. He's also a co-operatives expert, having facilitated the formation of over 100 co-operatives in Victoria, including three Daylesford based co-ops. He provided advice for forming the Hepburn Community Wind Park Co-operative Ltd in 2006.

    Scott Kinnear

    Scott was involved with Hepburn Wind from the project's genesis in 2004 and the subsequent formation of the Hepburn Renewable Energy Association in 2005. He was a foundation member and director of Hepburn Wind from its inception on 18 July 2007 and an active member until the launch of Hepburn Wind on 5 November 2011. Scott played an active role in fund raising and in the development and implementation of a communications strategy.

    Daniel Magasanik

    Daniel was a founding director of the Energy Research and Development Corporation, funded by the Australian Government, which invested in projects with industry participants with a focus on energy efficiency and reducing environmental impacts. He was also the co-founder of McLennan Magasanik Associates, one of Australia’s leading consultancies specialising in the energy industries. His main interest is the sustainability of human activities, particularly the extraction and conversion of energy.

    Martin May

    Martin served the board from April 2010 to 9 September 2012. Martin has extensive experience in the finance industry, both local and international, over the last
    30 years. Currently the CEO of Affinity Funds Management, a specialist manager in the field of
    commercial lending, Martin is particularly involved in developing innovative investment solutions
    for institutional and wholesale investors. Martin has held positions on the board and investment
    committee of a major life insurance company and holds a BA in Economics from The University of

    Norm McMurray

    Norm McMurray served the board from 6 November 2011 to July 2012. Norman lives at Musk. His experience includes 15 years as a health technician, five years managing
    medical clinics and many years working in the area of superannuation. In his current role at
    Maurice Blackburn, Norman works to achieve the best possible financial outcomes for people with
    disabilities and those who are critically ill.

    Tracey O’Neill

    Tracey served the board from 18 July 2007 to 14 March 2008.

    Kate Redwood

    Kate is a resident of Daylesford. She is involved in a range of community activities including being
    Secretary of the Daylesford Football Netball Club and Vice President of the Friends of Cornish Hill.
    In the course of her career Kate has held senior management roles with significant community
    service organisations, and has served two terms as an elected councillor for the City of Melbourne.
    She is also served as a director of Melbourne Health and director of the Walter and Eliza Hall
    Institute. Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work. She has also completed an
    accelerated MBA.

    Peter Rogers

    Peter served the board from 6 November 2011 to 14 September 2012. Peter’s early career was with ICI Australia, who were responsible for commissioning and running
    plants producing chemicals, pharmaceuticals and plastics and producing power and steam from
    waste heat. He was based in the London headquarters of ICI PLC for five years with global
    responsibilities and was a director of several ICI subsidiary companies in Asia Pacific. Peter’s
    qualifications are BE (Monash), MAppSc (Melb), and PhD (Monash).

    David Wait

    David served the board from 18 July 2007 to 28 April 2010.

    John Edgoose

    John currently runs an energy consultancy specialising in medium-scale renewable energy solutions for businesses and community groups. Previously, for 14 years he managed a variety of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs for the Victorian Government. John served the board from March 2013 until November 2015.

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